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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
Christopher Van Hollen Sr., a retired Foreign Service officer and ambassador to Sri Lanka, died of Alzheimer's disease complications Jan. 30 at the Washington Home and Hospice. The former Baltimore resident was 90. Born in Baltimore and raised in Cedarcroft, he was the grandson of George Henry Van Hollen, a seafood packer and owner of the Atlantic Packing Co. The family also developed the Cedarcroft section of North Baltimore and lent its name to Hollen Road. His father, Donald Van Hollen, was a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee who later worked at the family's seafood business.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The days are getting shorter, and we're all struggling to settle back into our fall routines. Just when we needed it, there's Ananda, the thoroughly disarming, even magical, new Indian restaurant in the faraway kingdom of Maple Lawn in Howard County. You'll get up from your meal at Ananda, maybe a bit reluctantly - really, it's so cozy and comfortable here, you might want to linger - feeling refreshed, pleasantly full and extremely satisfied. I say pleasantly full because American diners can feel weighed down by Indian food.
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SPORTS
By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
What's a social media ambassador, you ask? That's a good question, because Charlie Sheen will be filling that role for WWE's historic 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw . The star of Anger Management, a new comedy on FX, will shell out commentary and insight during the course of the night to his 7.5 million Twitter followers. Using the hashtag #SheenGetsRaw, fans will be able to ask the actor questions during the show, which will be broadcast live on USA on July 23. It could be a ploy to attract new fans to the program, especially on this historic anniversary show.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Ananda, a new Indian restaurant from Binda and Kehar Singh, the brothers who own the  Ambassador Dining Room  in Tuscany-Canterbury, is now open in Howard County's Maple Lawn community.   Ananda, which serves a menu similar to the Ambassador, is in a quiet-opening, or soft-opening, phase -- the low-key method some restaurants use as they work out kinks and train the staff. The official opening will be in a few weeks, Binda Singh said. Ananda is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ananda is at  7421 Maple Lawn Blvd.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the humanitarian who served as president of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services for 18 years, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The announcement, made Friday, means Hackett will become the U.S. government's official liaison to the Holy See. Hackett, 66, served the worldwide relief organization for 40 years, directing its efforts in more than 100 countries around the world until 2011. He gained a reputation as a man who cared about the Catholic Church and its directives and possessed diplomatic skills.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
When Michael Heup trotted down the hill from the World War II Memorial to Jonas Green State Park in Annapolis, he was beaming. By his side was Anne Arundel County police Cpl. Mike Shier, and more than 100 police officers jogged behind them. In his right hand was the Flame of Hope, a torch of the Law Enforcement Torch Run of the Maryland Special Olympics. "We are here for him," said Capt. Frank Tewey, the Police Department's coordinator for the event, which brought the torch Tuesday from Glen Burnie to Annapolis.
NEWS
July 16, 1993
Gov. William Donald Schaefer may be on to something. At a recent meeting with local business leaders to discuss results of his latest foray abroad, the governor suggested it would make sense for Maryland to have its own designated overseas ambassador. And since Maryland's secretary of state doesn't have much to do anyway, why not name him to that job?We like that suggestion. At the moment, the secretary of state does little to justify his $80,000 a year paycheck. It is essentially a record-keeping task handled for him by longtime, seasoned bureaucrats and clerks.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | June 19, 1997
Unlikely as it sounds, the staid Ambassador Dining Room in the Canterbury Apartments (410-366-1484) should reopen this week as an Indian restaurant. Keir Singh, owner of Banjara, is planning for his new place to be somewhat more upscale than his South Baltimore restaurant. "This will be fine dining," he says. For the most part, food will be arranged on plates in the kitchen rather than brought to the table in serving dishes. The new restaurant will also have valet parking.The Ambassador's traditional and pleasant decor will stay much the same -- "with some slightly Indian twists," Singh says, such as ethnic prints on the walls.
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By LAURA VOZZELLA | October 29, 2006
The doorbell rings and it's somebody dressed up, pretending to be someone he's not, and he wants something. Trick-or-treater? Or Utility Tree-Trimming Ambassador? If you've never heard of tree-trimming ambassadors, that's because the state had second thoughts and never created them. For some reason, officials thought they might take some flak if people on utility-company payrolls went door to door in state uniforms, not to beg for candy, but to persuade homeowners that trees growing near power lines ought to be pruned or chopped down.
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January 6, 1991
John Carroll High School student Catherine Finnerty was chosen as the outstanding sophomore to be a Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation (HOBY) ambassador at the HOBY state leadership seminar, to be held at the Johns Hopkins University in the spring.The foundation helps motivate, train and reward future leaders.The foundation will bring the sophomores together with a group ofdistinguished leaders in business, education, government and other professions, to help show students that how to think can be just as important as what to think.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Louise Mullan Flanigan, who owned and operated the Ambassador Gift Shop for six decades in a landmark Tuscany-Canterbury apartment house her father built, died Saturday in her sleep of undetermined causes at Blakehurst Retirement Community. She was 101 and had lived in Guilford. Born Clementine Louise Mullan in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Thomas F. Mullan, a builder, and his wife, Clementine L. Mullen, a homemaker. Her father was an original owner of the Baltimore Colts and was later treasurer of the Baltimore Orioles, beginning in the 1954 season.
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By Tony Glaros | June 10, 2014
Kingdon Gould, Jr., 90, is a noted businessman, real estate developer and former U.S. ambassador under two presidents. He is a great-grandson of railroad tycoon Jay Gould. Over the course of his more than six decades as a resident of Howard County, Gould's diverse business interests have included partial or complete ownership of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., PMI Parking, The Kings Contrivance restaurant in Columbia, and a portion of the Capital Crescent Trail between Georgetown and Silver Spring.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
As the details of the Benghazi catastrophe continue to unravel, it is so sad because in retrospect the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three cohorts could have been avoided. It has been interesting to discover through some research that Ambassador Stevens completely understood the importance of a special forces team to aid in the security of his embassy personnel. He believed that by explaining his concerns, the Defense Department would postpone the decision so he could have time to work with the Libyan government and get diplomatic immunity for the special forces.
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By Justin Fenton and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
Baltimore Police are offering a reward in return for information in last week's killing of a talented, 17-year-old, soon-to-be Edmondson-Westside High School graduate who was trying to improve the community for his peers while eyeing a career in the military. Michael Mayfield was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head around 6 p.m. Wednesday in a minivan in the 2300 block of Lyndhurst Ave. He was taken to a hospital and died soon after, becoming the sixth teen to be shot dead in the city this year.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
Greece's ambassador to the United States will top the list of dignitaries who will attend the inauguration of Annapolis mayor-elect Mike Pantelides and the new City Council on Monday afternoon. Pantelides released a preview of the inaugural program via social media Tuesday afternoon. The event features a lineup of remarks by local politicians and ministers and the administration of the oath of office. Speeches also will be offered by two high-ranking foreign dignitaries: Christos P. Panagopoulous, Greece's ambassador to the United States, as well as by Neophytos J. Constantinou, counsul for the embassy for the Republic of Cyprus.
SPORTS
By Randy McRoberts, Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 19, 2013
Samantha Schnur's connection to bowling led to a rare honor this spring. The 20-year-old Bel Air resident made a trip to Reno, Nev., to accept the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Youth Ambassador of the Year award at the organization's annual convention in May. "I've played other sports and things like that, but bowling is really the only thing I have a true connection to," Schnur said. The award annually recognizes one male and one female USBC bowler in the country for exemplary contributions to the sport of bowling, academic accomplishments and community involvement.
NEWS
By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | April 21, 1993
Long-standing criticism of the appointment of any U.S. ambassador to the Vatican has taken a new turn with President Clinton's nominee, Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn. Some liberal Roman Catholics are leading the opposition to Mr. Flynn because of his anti-abortion stance.Mr. Flynn "is out of step with the Clinton administration's strong pro-choice position," said Frances Kissling, president of the Washington-based Catholics for a Free Choice, an abortion-rights group leading the charge against Mr. Flynn.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | September 5, 1996
Good news. The Ambassador, one of Baltimore's fine apartment-house dining rooms in its heyday, is reopening after closing last New Year's Eve. It could be back in business as early as next week. Service America will be managing it, with Jon Mark as chef. He's worked in such prestigious kitchens as the Inn at Perry Cabin.In spite of Mark's background, the plan is not to compete with the Polo Grill and Jeannier's (the two fine-dining restaurants in the immediate area). Instead, says manager Margaret Jackson, the Ambassador will offer American cuisine, with "home cooking" specials to attract the apartment dwellers on a regular basis.
FEATURES
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
There are some widely shared opinions about the Ambassador Dining Room, the Indian restaurant that has operated on the ground level of the Ambassador apartment building since 1997. The first of them, which is nearly unanimous, is that the terrace is a knockout. Set at the back of the main dining room, it overlooks the lush and fragrant gardens behind the apartment building in Baltimore's Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood. It's good to be back here, under cover, sitting on a wide comfortable chair at your formally set table.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the humanitarian who served as president of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services for 18 years, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The announcement, made Friday, means Hackett will become the U.S. government's official liaison to the Holy See. Hackett, 66, served the worldwide relief organization for 40 years, directing its efforts in more than 100 countries around the world until 2011. He gained a reputation as a man who cared about the Catholic Church and its directives and possessed diplomatic skills.
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